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Robin Williams dead of apparent suicide

Robin Williams, a legendary comedic actor whose versatility belied his frequent roles as a bumbler, was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide. Williams, 63, died in his Tiburon, Calif., home, authorities said. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.”... Read more»

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How British promises sowed the seeds of today's Israel-Palestine bloodshed

Gaza and Jerusalem were promised to both the Arabs and the Jews. They’re still fighting nearly a century later.... Read more»

Mexican midwives mix tradition, science to curb maternal deaths

Private groups and the Mexican government agree that the staggeringly high rate of maternal deaths during childbirth in Chiapas has to come down - but they disagree on how to do it. That’s resulted in a blending of traditional and modern methods in the poor, rural state.... Read more»

Two big lies about pot in Uruguay

There’s a lot of outrageous buzz about Uruguay’s marijuana revolution. Let’s take a sober look at some rather implausible claims.... Read more»

Divide growing over official English laws

A growing language divide has opened up across the country, as a sharp increase in the number of Americans who speak English as a second language—or don’t speak it at all—is driving cities and states to respond, often in radically different ways.... Read more»6

Texas gov vows to secure border, spread 'red-state policies'

Promising to secure the border and take the Texas approach to government national, Gov. Rick Perry delivered an impassioned speech Friday morning in which he called for conservatives to wage a “war” on “the battlefield of ideas.”... Read more»1

Few unaccompanied minors staying in Arizona

More than 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children were sent to Arizona for processing by Customs and Border Protection this summer, but fewer than 200 of them ended up staying in the state. That’s less than 1 percent of the 30,340 children who were processed and placed with sponsors.... Read more»

Rip-crew recruiter indicted for role in Brian Terry killing

The recruiter for the rip crew that allegedly killed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry during a 2010 firefight north of Nogales has been indicted in the case, and charged with first degree murder, authorities said.... Read more»

Apprehensions of migrant families up 471 percent

While this summer’s influx of thousands of unaccompanied minors has become the central focus of the immigration debate, the number of families apprehended along the southwestern border has more than quadrupled from last year. Nearly 63,000 people counted as part of a family unit — a parent or guardian traveling with one or more children — were apprehended.... Read more»

Congressional inaction leaves border communities hoping for funds

Congress left towns and counties on the Texas-Mexico border hanging last week when it adjourned without sending a supplemental budget measure to the president. The local governments have used their own resources since last spring to care for thousands of immigrants flooding into their communities, and they had hoped Congress would reimburse local taxpayers.... Read more»

Women in Chiapas working toward a ‘life free of violence’

About 30 percent of women in the Mexican state of Chiapas are domestic violence victims - and that’s the best rate for all of Mexico. After some gains, women in Chiapas have seen progress toward the rights, and safety, level off but they have not given up the fight.... Read more»

Activists continue to demand names of officers involved in May arrests

Three border activists were offered the chance to pay a court fee and have their charges dropped after an incident in May when they were arrested at the Nogales Port of Entry. During a press conference Wednesday, the federal officer who cited one of the activists demanded the activists disperse.... Read more»

Tucson, Phoenix metros among top 25 for pedestrian death rate

Tucson and Phoenix ranked among the top 25 metro areas in the nation for pedestrian death rates from 2008 to 2012, according to a study released Wednesday.... Read more»

Order on the court: Basketball binds gov't, people in Chiapas

Soccer may be Mexico’s national sport, but basketball is king in Chiapas. Courts dotting the southern state are community gathering places and the game is a part of life for the Mayan tribes that live here. It also helps bridge the divide between indigenous people and the government.... Read more»

This is how income inequality hurts the U.S. economy

A new report by Standard & Poor’s highlights the growing risks of income inequality to the U.S. economy.... Read more»

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